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Founders Porter - Founders Brewing Company

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1,474 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,474
Hads: 6,706
Avg: 4.24
pDev: 20.05%
Wants: 379
Gots: 1,274 | FT: 26
Brewed by:
Founders Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-11-2003

No absence of hops gives Founders' robust porter the full flavor you deserve and expect.

45 IBU
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Reviews: 1,474 | Hads: 6,706
Photo of Dna_Infinity
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle to glass

Appearance - Pours a deep brown/black colour with a good mocha coloured head that fades quickly and leaves good lacing.

Smell - Chocolate, lots of coffee, toasted malt, caramel

Taste - Dark chocolate, coffee, toasted malt, slightly smokey, vanilla. Good tasting beer!

Overall - Very good porter that has lots of coffee and chocolate flavour to it

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Photo of Ksmoove27
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Black in color. One finger caramel-colored head (vanished quickly/poured from a bottle) Mild carbonation keeps a small island of foam at the top of the glass. zero lacing

Smell: Rich mocha and chocloate.

Taste: Mocha and chocolate...a little caramel

Feel: Medium body. A little creamy. Good carbonation

Overall: Mmmmm...a good Porter that I would buy regularly. The smell alone gets me.

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Photo of fightingwords
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-- DARK black coffee color with a muddy two finger head. a massive appearence. good lacing, and a gentle spin of the glass kept the head strong.

S--impressive fresh roasted coffee and dark chocolate nose. some earthy hops show up as the beer mellows towards ambient temps. Complex and complete.

T-- dessert sweet chocolate with a balace of toasty malts. slight caramel flavors and a dirty hop character keep the beer interesting

M-- smooth, rich, medium to heavy bodied.

D-- for a complex beer it drinks okay. A thinking mans porter that I probably would put on repeat in the same session.

Great porter, but almost a bit too sultry. I love the big flavors and attitude, it's packed with both. I prefer my porters a little more subdued and session friendly, but even so this is a must try.

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Photo of philosobeer
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

If you want a heavier porter, this one is well worth a try. A little heavy, but it is a very tasty beer.

A: One very dark brown pint that on first glance I was tempted to call black. The head is a good medium-creamy foam. Settling as you drink it, those who compared it to the crema of an espresso were quite right. It's an ornament of heavy brown cream which really does draw an appropriate and favorable comparison to coffee. The half point it lost was for being dark enough to make me wonder if I ordered the stout.

S: Roasted barley is very evident here, as are the chocolate malts. One good swirl and sniff brought alcohol, chocolate, coffee, and grilled foods to mind. At the smell, you know it's a beer and get a whiff of its strength. The chocolate coffee compels a sip.

T: The first taste is sweet and malty with english hops just drying out the head. This tastes rich enough to be satisfying and just dry enough to not be overwhelming. I think the alcohol, and highly kilned and roasted grain brought up the end.

M: This was heavy for a porter even, something that I've noticed with Founder's other beers. Here that feels a bit better than it did in many of their others and I'll accept it. Its effervescence is present, not overwhelming and really what it should be.

D: The heaviness and alcohol feel detract here, but not by enough to make me turn on it. It's heavy, yes, it's got noticeable alcohol, yes -- it is not too much to keep you from considering a second. A third is really pushing it, but of mostly from its heaviness. This goes well with fish.

This is at one of the local favorite bars in Chicago's pilsen neighborhood. And now that two of my favorites are gone, when I am looking for a good darker beer there, this is one I assure you I will order again. Not elevated to my favorite porter by any means, but probably my favorite Founder's.


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Photo of gbbass16
4.47/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Founders CBS snifter.

I have had this numerous times but this is the first time I have actually reviewed it. The pour is thick, dark drown with a thin layer of foam that dissipates to lacing around the edge. The smell is of chocolate and coffee. The taste is of dark, toasted coffee, dark woods, and absolutely no alcohol whatsoever. Smooth, smooth, smooth. Mouthfeel is viscous and foamy in the mouth, especially when swished around the tongue. That is where the real flavors come out. Overall, one of my favorite beers from my favorite brewery. Only have two left of these so I am hoarding them for cold dark snowy days. Hopefully I am home for one of those...

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Photo of nmyers
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer had a nice dark brown color almost black and a light tan foamy head to on it. The aroma of this beer was chocolaty, with hints of caramel and nice roasted malt touch to it.

The taste was very interesting with a touch of coffee, flavor that account for the bitterness of this beer and a nice touch of chocolate that balanced this beer nicely.

This was a very thick beer and it I don't think I could drink a lot of it. It was very good though.

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Photo of BigAl723
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Ashley's in Ann Arbor.

A: Dark and brown. Like a muddy road after it's been raining all afternoon. Great looking wispy white/tan head. About an inch thick.

S: Smokey BBQ, campfire, dark malts, java, and cocoa too. Overall, an outstanding smelling porter from an outstanding brewery.

T: This is where this beer really shines. Dark roasted malts really come through and the thick texture of this beer coats your mouth from top to bottom. Towards the end a nice coffee/cocoa taste seems to burst through leaving a more than pleasant taste on the tip of your tongue.

M: Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. In all honesty, I wouldn't change a thing about this mouthfeel. It seems real close to perfect.

D: Great drinkability. At 6.5% ABV it's, again, perfect.

Overall, I took out an Unearthy and a Plead the 5th Impy Stout at the bar and I knew I needed something to calm the storm if I was going to make it through the night. I found Founders Porter to be the remedy.

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Photo of 1993Heel
2.92/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I've been a sort of beer geek for two decades now but I've never really explored the full range of dark ales made today. I've had many a beer from every continent but I want now to explore American dark ales. I've decided to start with this one. Porter was an early love of mine before I was seduced by belgian tripels and german doppelbocks. Everything comes around but it's never the same twice I guess.

G - Scaldis (Bush) Noel tulip glass.

A - Pours medium bodied black with a nice fluffy tan head. Very promising. Significant amount of carbonation adhering to bottom of glass.

S - A hint of coffee, chocolate, and an off-smelling pair of phenol and medicinal odors at first whiff that disappears. A turnoff. As the beer opens a little alcohol owns much of the nose.

T - Sharp and surprisingly hot for 6.5% ABV. Prickly hops overwhelm the start of a decent set of malt flavors. Nice smooth rich malty finish. It has a long finish that lingers that isn't average but rather has two components that together average out that way.

M - Soapy on the end of the tongue, dry in the back of the palate. Not very integrated or smooth. Too carbonated.

O - The bitter and the sweet seem not to go together in this beer. Like west coast American wines this beer is very west coast American in its pursuit of sensory overload even if it's not west coast. There are delicate flavors in there but a lower and different hop recipe would serve it well. Just not for me.

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Photo of duffcalifornia
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard shaker pint glass.

A: Pours a dark brown that borders on black. Impossible to see through, except around the very edges where it is a deep mahogany. Has a half inch light mocha head that fades quickly and provides no lacing.

S: An absolutely delicious and complex blend of roasted malts (especially chocolate malt), dark chocolate, coffee, and dark fruits.

T: The taste is as complex as the smell. Tastes initially of chocolate and roasted malts, then sticks on the tongue where the dark fruits show up ever so faintly on the finish. Not that this is an especially strong brew at 6.5% but there is absolutely no taste of alcohol whatsoever.

M: Appropriate to style - medium to maybe even slightly medium-thick mouthfeel with decent carbonation.

O: This is an exceptional porter from one of the best, most consistent breweries around. When you are looking for something dark but don't want the latest 11% -bbal RIS coated in unicorn tears, at $10/6 pack, this is far and away a great option.

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Photo of Cheeseboo
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great taste! Very enjoyable porter. The pour wasn't anything special and the smell was sort of strong, but the flavor was wonderful. I wish it was smoother.

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Photo of tburus
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark caramel colored liquid. Minimal carbonation. One-finger tan head that dissolved into lacing quickly, staying think around the glass.

Smell: Primarily coffee aroma, with a bit of chocolate as it warms.

Taste: Again coffee dominates, but there are more complexities to it. Refreshing tingle on the tongue as it enters, followed by coffee on the palate, and chocolate on the sides. Reminiscent of the Breakfast Stout, but sufficiently unique and delicious.

Mouthfeel: Heavy bitter coffee aftertaste. Typically I am not a fan of this, but bitter coffee as a flavor in beer is something that's growing on me. More coffee aftertaste than the Breakfast Stout. Complex.

Drinkability: This is an excellent porter. Great dimension to the beer's flavor. And being on of the cheaper Founders offerings (~$10 per 6 pack), it is very much worth buying.

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Photo of Kevin-Wieken
4.43/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Founders Porter
Founders Brewing Company, MI
---from bottle to stemmed porter/stout glass---

Pours a dark mahogany brown but sits in the glass pitch black. Good tan head settles to a thin cap with good lacing.

Chocolate birthday cake. Caramel and licorice. Iced mocha. Slight grassy hop.

Sweet caramel malts, roasted coffee. Mocha. Finishes with bitter dark chocolate. Hops play an integral role in the background of this beer, though you may not notice right away.

Silky smooth. Perfect carbonation level. A little sticky from all the sweet. Dark chocolate lingers…

Very creamy/silky. This is the first Porter I have agreed with. Not overly burnt. Very well balanced. Gets better as it warms up – contemplating putting this baby in the microwave… kidding… kinda…

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Photo of timmay41
4.23/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Had one of the first pours after the keg was put on, so it poured like a big stout--incredible definition in the line between dark liquid and head. That head was a two-finger thick grayish brown, thick and creamy with a few carbonation bubbles perched atop. Thick, crusty lacing.

S: Roasted coffee and sweet notes tickle the nose, along with scents of vanilla ice cream and fresh Cheerios. A little alcohol slips in at the end but is gone after a few sips.

T: Simply amazing. Ultimately sweeter than the Breakfast Stout--less "coffee with extra cream and sugar" bitterness and more a combination of dark chocolate, cinnamon, ripened cherries, and Coca-Puffs. (Note: the bready/cereal-like scent and texture to this beer is inspiring these comparisons; I didn't just eat breakfast). A meandering roasted malt aftertaste.

M: The accomplice to the big time taste: rich, smooth, and delightful. Just a little carbonation bite. Well textured. Clings to the back of the throat.

D: Thoroughly enjoyable. My only fear is that this beer doesn't expand the palette; it takes the palette hostage. Someone offers you a porter and only the Founders becomes acceptable. But then again, is that a bad thing?

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Photo of ratrod53
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Black black black wich a small brown head dose not last long with little lacing.

S- I smell coffee with some chocolate.

T- I tasted a realy nice and strong coffee bean (wich I could drink that at work in the mornings) wich just a hint of some chocolate, with some bitterness at the end.

M- It's a nice thick beer a really good body. Just a little bit of carbonation wich is what I like in a dark beer like this. It's a real smooth beer.

D- I could drink this all day every day.

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Photo of Tomhet
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The look of this thing is almost like a really dark root beer; verging on complete and utter blackness yet with a hint of brown that anticipates some of the overt sweetness that comes in with the aroma. The slightly tan/mocha head augments this, though in my case the head dissipated almost immediately and left next to no lacing. The first thing that hits the nose is a very sweet sort of coffee and dark chocolate hybrid, which is then followed by a remarkably well mix of sweet caramel malts and definite earthy hops.

The taste is far more roasted coffee than I anticipated; and this dominates the front with an iron fist. However, near the middle of the tongue that sweet caramel/toffee hybrid sneaks its way in, and the end is a bit of that earthy hop with a slight boozy tinge that is just distant enough to be pleasant. In terms of carbonation, I would say this is middle-of-the-road; there's a bit of a bite on the front of the tongue but nothing too strong. As this warmed, the very smooth finish gained a bit of an elevated meaning as a nice way to counteract the fierce blast of roasted coffee-ish malts that hits you at first. Overall, this is yet another example of why Founders is such a great brewery.

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Photo of BeerJesus
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours nice and black with an half inch layer of tan head at the top which dissipates quickly leaving a thin film residue.

S: Coffee, cocoa, dark roasted malty aroma.

T: Lots of dark malts. Also has a nice dark chocolate coffee flavor to it, almost tastes like a Coffee Stout but not as heavy. I let it sit in my mouth for a minute to get the full experience of this beers aromatic flavor.

M: Not as heavy as one might imagine. Thin and very smooth in the mouth.

O: it's hard to give any Founders beer a bad overall review. If you're in the mood for a nice aromatic Porter with rich flavor on a cold winters night, I think its a great choice. Overall rating is a 4. But it is definitely something I will continue to drink.

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Photo of mbrown26
3.12/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is my first American porter, so I may not be a fair judge to the style.

A: Beautiful and dark. I didn't get any head, but the lacing clumped together and stayed throughout the glass.

S: Rich and satisfying. Smelled toffee, chocolate, burnt malts and coffee.

T: I don't think I cared for the burnt malts, but this beer has plenty of big and bold flavors. It can be a little overwhelming. Even for 6.5% ABV the alcohol stayed in the background.

M: I like beers with lower carbonation and no hops, and this one fit the bill. Just went down extremely smooth. Would swirl the beer on my tongue without ill effect.

D: A fairly easy drinking beer, but the flavors are so bold that if you don't like them, you won't be able to take this beer.

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Photo of Nuke77
4.45/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great balance, crisp mouthfeel. Near black color in the glass with a tan head. The aromas consists of rich coffee. Lighter in body than it's color or aroma suggest this is a very smooth drinker. This compares favorable in enjoyability with the more limited available Breakfast Stout. Excellent pour. This one is a true keeper.

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Photo of hike20
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a very thin tan head the disappears really quick. Aroma is coffee and vanilla with a little earthiness. Wow, the flavor is very intense and well balanced. Very enjoyable. I get coffee, a bit of chocolate, a touch of smoke, with a citrus and a little bitter in the finish. I agree with others that this is more like a top notch stout than most porters I've had, but definitely enjoyable in it's own right.

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Photo of smallbatchbrewer
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Founders is changing my life one batch at a time. They are becoming the new all around favorite in the sessions I have here.
A- Deep coffee color with chocolate milk colored head that has nice body but dissipates quickly

S- Nutty coffee breakfast in a bottle

T- Matches the smell to a tee. Also has a malty oak finish. Not too sweet, not too dry. I might have to get a 6er for just yours truly

M- Above average but not stellar. A little puckering from its bitterness.

D- Again, above average, a little dark for my usual session taste buds but like I said earlier, founders is proving to expand my pallet exponentially so I could give it a go

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Photo of tds101
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

A very straight forward porter. Roasted malt smell, sweet. Slight taste of toasted malt, coffee, bit of bitter chocolate. Very good beer. When I'm in the mood for a nice tasting American style porter this is it.

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Photo of 911CROFT
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle into a snifter glass. Paid £2.70 for a single bottle.

Pours an opaque, dark, black body, that when held to the light displays lovely ruby tinges and a small amount of slow rising carbonation bubbles. A two-finger in height, dense, mocha coloured head reduces quickly to a thin film and foamy collar, leaving behind small amounts of spotty, soapy lacing on the glass.

On the nose it is sweet overall, with mild aromas of toasted malts, milk chocolate, lightly roasted coffee, dark fruits, and a subtle smokiness hidden away in the background. The taste mimics the nose but as a bolder more intense and complex version. Upfront, rich, roasted dark malts, burnt toast, and roasted coffee are followed by lighter, sweeter malts, along with a touch of milk chocolate and tangy dark fruits. The body has a satisfyingly generous amount of weight and heft for a porter, which combined with fittingly low but not flat carbonation give it a deliciously smooth, creamy and silky mouth feel. A combination of charred, roasted dark malts and crisp bitter hops give a smooth, complex, dry, earthy, smoky finish that lingers on the palate.

Overall this is an excellent beer. Incredibly well balanced, easily drinkable, and reasonable value for money, I would certainly recommend it to a friend and will looking to try it again in the near future.

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Photo of Klgkenny
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A dark dark brown or black body supports a thin mocha/khaki head which slowly dissipates to a scum of tasty bubbles which guards the surface of this tasty beverage.

A nutty, creamy aroma of bitter chocolate and weak coffee. Not unpleasant, but I would love for it to be bigger.

A faint sweetness gives way to the aforementioned cacao and coffee. Very pleasant. I would love to see an imperial version of this. It seems like a younger version of terrapin's wake and bake. Very nice breakfast porter... Wait??? This IS a porter???...

I know that there have been complaints about this being thin and watery, but for a porter, this is creamy, thick, and beautiful. If this were a stout, it would be thin, but for a PORTER? Freakin' awesome! And where is the booze?

I could drink this all winter long. Not too much alcohol, great taste, not too filling. Again, freakin' awesome!

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Photo of getgetgettleman
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes of 2/4/11
Received this fine 12 oz. bottle from my friend Kaman in a mixed 6 beer swap.

A = Dark brown color with a slight reddish hue in full light. 2 finger head. Mild liquor like lace.

S = Sweet carmel, molasses, and vanilla cream.

T = Good carbonation. Mild smoke, coffee, and molasses. Clean but not too earthy. Malt like qualties without being overpowering.

M = Tingly and energetic on the tongue at first taste. Dry bitter finish. Semi pithy but pleasing.

D = Great drinker! A real "guys" porter for the refined working man. Dieing to try this on tap!

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Photo of REGreenBTRB
4.62/5  rDev +9%

Bottles on 05/08/14. Poured into a snifter.

A:4.75 - Beautiful beer! Pours VERY dark, you can't see any light through it. A dark tan, creamy head sits nicely on top, maybe about one finger. It leaves a little lacing.

S: 4.5 - A delicious smelling beer, it has a dark roasted malt scent backed up by some dark chocolate and hints of coffee.

T: 4.5 - The smell prepares you quite nicely for the taste. It's all there; the roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, caramel. It's awesome.

M: 4.75 - Not too thin like some porters I have had. This seems like the perfect medium between a porter and a stout. There's a creaminess to it that you don't get with other porters, but not as "thick" as some of the stouts. Very smooth, very drinkable, very nice.

O: 4.62 - This is the best porter I've had to date. Thank god Founders distributes to Arkansas - they make some awesome stuff. Just as the label states, this is dark, rich and sexy. Very sexy. The Kate Upton of porters.

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Founders Porter from Founders Brewing Company
94 out of 100 based on 1,474 ratings.